The Jervis McEntee Diaries - April 4, 1883

Diary Entry:

Wednesday, Apr 4, 1883 Went with Bradford by appointment to call upon Earl Grosvernor at the Brunswick. His luggage was all piled up in the office in charge of the servant ready to go aboard ship at 11 oclock. We sent up our cards and he saw us in his very bare cheerless room. A young man of pleasant address with whom we talked a few minutes and then left. Went to the Academy and paid the commission on my picture, then to the bank and deposited my thousand dollars and then to my room where Mrs. Emerson had been and gone away again. Am painting on my Indian Summer picture and have made it a great deal better. Attended a meeting of the Rotary exhibition at the Century. Hart, Wood, Bierstadt, Bristol, Perry, Shattuck & myself. Adopted a constitution and name "The American Art Union." Elected the board of control, Huntington President, Wood vice-president. Perry Secty, Dielman Treas. Board of Control, Bristol Hart and Shattuck for 1 year. Huntington [blank] McEntee for 2 years. E. Johnson, Wood & Perry for three years. So the society is in existence, a number of members were elected and will be notified at once. It remains to be seen if the artists will respond. I think they will. Peter Cooper died today. One of the best men of our time.

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